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cities so they're sending a doctor to tell them how to protect themselves. the pollution has been hanging over eastern and inland areas since the beginning of last month. officials say they have seen a sharp rise in air born particles. some of those particles come from vehicle exhaust gases. japan's foreign minister says his staff are collecting information to help protect japanese residents. a medical officer from the japanese embassy will offer advice this month in the cities. the doctor from japan will advise citizens next month in beijing, shanghai. >>> radiation from the nuclear accident in fukushima forced many people to leave their homes and it's still too high for them to return. some evacuees are so fed up they are taking legal action and suing the government and the firm that owns the nuclear plant and demanding they get the radiation down. 350 evacuees are launching a class action against the government and tokyo electric power company. they're demanding officials bring radiation down to the level it was at before the accident and they're demanding $550 each in compensation. >>
to regain control of northern cities. a government spokesperson said a withdraw would depend on training malian troops. the french and their allies continued to run into some insurgents outside major cities. they got into a fire fight on tuesday. they fear they could creep back into cities they wouldn't held. riots have broken out in tunisia after an official was shot dead. a leading member of the secular popular front party. he suffer is multiple gunshot wounds in the head and chest. the after the arab spring uprising in 2011. he said the culprit will be arrested. the murder sparked protests in tunis and around the country. tunisia has been gripped by instability and economic hardship. party leaders came to power making promises but they see problems before the arab spring. >>> executives seem happier with the recent economic climate. tell us what's changed. >> we've had a new government in japan and stock prices went higher. all of this seems to be working in the favor of boosting confidence for japan's manufacturing. orders for manufacture chinery third straight month. these factors e
've taken control of the al jarrah air base near the northern city of aleppo. they say they've captured fighter jets and a large number of weapons. they say some of the planes appear to be in working order. rebels seized syria's largest dam on monday. they've been launching attacks on aleppo's international airport. government troops have responded with air strikes on aleppo and the capital damascus. opposition activists say more than 50 people died in the latest fighting. >>> a man has attacked people in the u.s. pacific territory of guam with a knife. local police say he killed two people and he wounded at least 12 other people, 11 of them japanese. the man reportedly slammed his car into a shop in the busy tourist district of tumon. then he started attacking people. hospital officials say the two dead were japanese women. they say the wounded include an 8-month-old baby and a 3-year-old child. fire officials say three people died. police say they've detained a 21-year-old american resident of guam. >>> japanese exporters and stock investors have seen the decline of the yen and have c
.3 tremor hit the city of christchurch two years ago. nearly 200 people died, including a number of foreign students. nhk world's takao nakajima shows us how the city is remembering and rebuilding. ♪ >> reporter: this is a park in central christchurch, people have gathered to commemorate two years from the february earthquake. >> as we remember the destructive and terrifying earthquake that struck this city and the surrounding area two years ago today. >> reporter: the quake killed 185 people. nearly two-thirds of them were in this building in the city center. it used to house an english language school. it was damaged far more severely than other structures. investigators blame design flaws. 28 japanese were among the victims. some of the relatives visited the site where the building once stood. kazuo horita lost his 19-year-old daughter. >> translator: i feel more painful this year than last year. we want to know why the building collapsed and who is responsible. this should be clarified for the sake of our dead children. >> crews are still rebuilding central christchurch. the area incl
involving the members of the clergy to an investigation into money laundering in vatican city. a court convicted his former butler last year of stealing and leaking classified documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior members of the catholic church will now start planning their conclave, the meeting they hold to choose a successor. >>> police in the united states are investigating yet another case of gun violence. pop ben fikt benedict xvi will be one of the most religious thinkers of the age. >> the president says he has warm memories. the meeting drew attention because of the different views on abortion rights. he hopes it will be a legacy to build further dialogue and tolerance. >>> we were briefed by our japanese allies on the incident. we've satisfied ourselves that it does appear to have happened. >> japanese officials say the radar was locked eed on a marit destroyer. they argued the vessel used navigational radar and not fire controlled
of southeast asia keeps growing, more people are flying from city to city in the region. atr is training pilots right in asia. the french-italian company hopes it will urge companies to buy its turbo prop planes. a japanese airline that shuttles between regional cities has decided to start using three of the propeller planes. >> at the beginning of the operation in japan with atr, we are confident that we can be successful. >> higher fuel prices are propelling changes to regional air travel. nhk world, paris. >>> people in norlt north western japan are used to dealing with wintry conditions. this time they're finding themselves under. >> the snowfall has reached record breaking levels. it's already at 502 centimeters which is the record so far this time of year. this is accompanied with gusts of 90 kilometers were hour. both combined are bringing blizzard conditions. the bad news is that the accumulation is going to be some staggering amount in the next 24 hours due to the additional snowfall of another 60 centimeters. another 60 centimeters will likely to bring more record breaking amounts. th
. emergency crews are on the scene. the building is about two kilometers away from the center of the city. other foreign embassies are also in the same area. kurdish separatists and militants have carried out a number of attacks in the past. in november # 2003, a series of bombings killed 60 people in istanbul, two synagogues were also destroyed. one week later they targeted the british consulate and the headquarters of britain's bank. islamic militants said to be related to al qaeda claimed responsibility. in 2008, an armed group and turkish police exchanged gunfire near the u.s. consulate in istanbul. three police officers died. nobody that's claimed responsibility for the most recent bombing on friday. >> algerian officials have for the first time allowed the media inside the site of a fatal hostage siege. islamic militants attacked the natural gas complex last month and kidnapped hundreds of workers. security forces fought their way in. when the crisis was over 37 foreign hostages and one algerian captive were dead. nhk was among the journalists who saw evidence of the conflict up clo
deteriorates. residents of a number of chinese cities have been dealing with smog for weeks. emissions from cars and factories contain something called fine particulate matter. it can cause asthma, bronchitis, and other health problems. environment ministry officials in tokyo consulted experts. then they decided they would issue warnings to residents when forecasters believe fine particulate matter could reach 70 micrograms per cubic meter of air. that's double the existing standard. officials say at that point they'll tell people to stay indoors and shut their windows. they say children, the elderly, and those with asthma should be especially cautious at any time. these people may be affected by even low levels of pollution. >>> japanese nationals in india are also worried about worsening air pollution there. officials at japan's embassy in new delhi have advised them to stay indoors on days when there are high levels of smog. the embassy issues the notification on wednesday. it says an indian government survey on airborne particulate matter detected an annualized average of 89 micrograms
cities, graffiti is often a sign of vandalism, but i'll tell you why this graffiti is a sign of political freedom as well as a heartfelt tribute to the man who wrote "give peace a chance." >> the answer is "live free or die." the question is, which state? >> i'll tell you how a gospel-music program for teens is helping to change lives. >> ♪ this little light of mine >> that and more, next on "teen kids news." >> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm siena. we'll start with our top story. >> hard as it might be to believe, many foods you love to eat could be dangerous to some of your friends. tyler reports on the rising risk of food allergies. >> ♪ onto your hand ♪ and can't you hold back? >> meet heather braverman. she's a singer and actress with a promising career. she's been on tv, in a movie, and on stage at american girl place. but life's not all bright lights and applause. heather lives in constant danger of foods that can make her very sick. >> i'm allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish, and i found out when i went to an ice-cream store when i was really
are demanding his overthrow after the demonstrations in several cities in recent days turn violent and dozens were killed. >> earlier in the day, there were scuffles in the center of tahrir square, the focal point of the revolution that overthrew president hosni mubarak two years ago. protests marking the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled mubarak have killed nearly 60 people since january 25, prompting the head of the army to warned this week that the state was on the verge of collapse. our correspondent is in cairo for us. we are hearing about water cannon shots being fired. how serious is the tension there at the moment? >> it basically escalated in the last hours. we have peaceful demonstrations at tahrri square and at the presidential palace, but demonstrators tried to break through the barriers at the international palace. police acted with tear gas, then the demonstrators threw molotov cocktails. we have the same blame game going on. the presidency says that the parties who organized the protest are responsible for today's violence while one of the opposition leaders said
the city of kidal. jean-yves le drian said they killed hundreds of insurgents. malian forces have detained several rebel leaders. le drian said the operation will continue until the malian government controls all of its territory. then he said the french would hand over the mission to units from african countries. french foreign minister laurent fabeu said he would consider withdrawi withdrawing personnel next month if the operation goes smoothly. >>> the leader of syria's opposition coalition has offered to hold talks. the head of the syrian national coalition made the offer in appearances on two television networks. >> translator: we will hold talks if the government accepts a political solution. >> khatib described the humanitarian situation as dire. he said that left the opposition with no option but to negotiate with assad. he proposed negotiations with assad's deputy, vice president farouk al sharaa. >>> people in greece aren't happy over how their lives have changed under a government austerity program. but government officials suggest they may have turned a corner. ai uchida joins
with the islamists." protesters took to the streets in tunis and other cities demanding that the government resign. there has been turmoil on the streets since the killing of secular leader chokri belaid. police used tear gas on protesters when they came close to the ministry. protesters say the ruling party is behind the assassination of the political leader, gunned down outside his home on wednesday. a senior official said it had not consulted with his party. before the opposition, it was not enough. a spokesman from the popular front party said the government had to go. >> everybody agrees the government has failed. it no longer has a role to play. we demand its resignation and the creation of a new government that will guide the country through a transitional period. >> friday will see belaid's funeral as well as a general strike called by the country's main trade union. >> what can be done to ease the tensions in tunisia? for more, let's go to our correspondent in tunis. first off, no signs of compromise right now. what happens? >> they have been meeting today, and we are still waiting for a
of tunis, shops and businesses were boarded up. the general strike has brought the city to a standstill. >> for more on this, we are joined now live by our correspondent who is standing by in tunis. the clashes we have been seeing look especially fierce. what is the situation right now? >> clashes erupted earlier this afternoon. the situation is anxious. the situation is still unclear. it is not clear how it will evolve on the political end either. at the moment, tunisia is really not knowing what will happen in the next few days. >> what do you think? how is the crisis likely to play out given the tensions between ultra-conservative moslem groups on the one hand and secularists on the other in tunisia? >> it seems it might actually lead to not a second revolution, but it might lead to a reconstruction of the political landscape in tunisia, especially as democratic forces have been divided for the last couple of years are finally working together. there's a chance that the democratic process might find a good way to come together. >> thanks so very much. as tunisian deals with the fallo
year, a massive parade runs the city with while customs and dance, and when it comes to conable, no dance is more important, of course, than the sum up. >> they are the best samba dancers in brazil, and this is where they come to do battle every year. television soaps it seemed -- are the theme. the floats are adorned with characters from the most popular shows of recent years. >> it was a great feeling, a really great feeling. god willing, we will win. >> competition is tough. 12 top schools are competing to be named the best. the dancers practice for years for their moment in front of 80,000 spectators. but even though the carnival season is drawing to a close, the competition is not quite over yet. a jury will pick the six best schools who will dance in the victory parade at the weekend. >> a russian cargo rocket has docked at the international space station in record time. new digital steering technology enabled the unpiling craft to complete the journey from earth in just six hours. >> it is to take two days -- imagine that. the vessel was carrying almost 3 tons of supplies
their windows to a haze of pollution and residents of other cities are seeing the same things. officials say nearly half the population has been affected by serious air pollution. the official said smog containing fine particulate matter has blanketed a quarter of the land. the air and about 70% of chinese cities doesn't meet environmental standards. each year 15 million more cars take to the road. government officials want to reduce the density of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere. a think tank says air pollution exceeded national standards for 27 days in january. people across china have their own opinions on what needs to be done. academics and residents shared some ideas in beijing. the group friends of nature hosted the debate. one par tticipant called for tighter control. another said the government should crackdown on companies that ignore environmental laws. they plan to submit proposals next month. >> translator: we want to the government to be transparent. >> the pollution has turned out to be an opportunity for one company in beijing. the firm is selling cans of fresh air
the country. supporters flooded the streets of tunis and other cities. there are reports of barricades being erected in clashes with police. >> news of the assassination sparked protests in several tunisian cities. in the capital, thousands of angry protesters followed the ambulance carrying belaid's body. many blame the islamists, an accusation the party denies. >> people know that the criminals are directly linked to the head of the party. >> all these islamist organizations of terrorist grou. history is a witness. it is not possible to discuss, negotiate, or agree with terrorists. the government has no other choice but to resign. otherwise, the tunisian people will topple them. they must step down. >> belaid was gunned down outside his home on wednesday. he headed the secular left- leaning patriots party. his allies said the killing was calculated to cause civil unrest. >> these people want to turn tunisian into another somalia. they want to see a spiral of violence in our country. we will not fall for that. chokri will not be the last march. >> in a speech to the european parliament, cal
a zinc factory in the main city, chelyabinsk. mobile phone networks went down for a while. schoolteachers canceled classes for the day. troops searched for debris from the meteor. they found a whole 8 meters in diameter in a frozen lake 70 kilometers west of chelyabinsk, and they found a crater nearby. some reports say say people have found at least three objects that appear to be part of the meteor within 100 kilometers of chelyabinsk. >> translator: a small asteroid entered the earth's atmosphere and started burning. it looked like a bright fireball in the sky. the meteor fell faster than the speed of sound, and we believe the shockwave is what shattered the windows. with this kind of size, it's very difficult to detect until it actually hits the earth. it's fair to say this event was completely unforeseen. >>> north korea's nuclear test this week drew stern reactions from neighbors. japanese leaders denounced the test and they're getting toward impose new sanctions. now the north koreans have hit back with their own denunciation. the state-run korean run news agency criticized them in
will provide more specific data later. i would like to address people living in our city to ask him to remain -- aks them t -- ask them to remain calm. >> recovery crews are assessing the full scale of the damage, and scientists are hunting for degree to discover more about the media or that exploded in the sky. >> as we mentioned, there is a much bigger piece of space rock headed for the earth right this minute, but this one is all but certain to miss. >> we certainly hope so. still, it is being called the closest flyby of an asteroid this size ever recorded. it will zoom past our planet at a distance of about 27,000 kilometers, closer than many communications satellites. if the 45-meter rocket hit the earth, it could wipe out entire city. earlier, we spoke to a representative from the institut for physics, and we asked if there could be any scientific connection whatsoever between today's brushes with the universe. >> no, there is no connection between these events. the two celestial bodies have a completely different orbit, so there cannot be a physical connection. >> do we know what happe
theater. the award ceremony is scheduled for tuesday in paris. >>> visitors to the city office near tokyo are enjoying a display of elegance in miniature form. represent members of the nobility and the customes they wore. citizen groups are showing off an extensive collection. the dolls are the centerpiece of a festival every march. families set them out as a way to pray for good health for their daughters. craftsman have been making the dolls for nearly 400 years. residents collected more than 1,800 dolls from all over the country. they're displaying them to draw attention and visitors. the dolls at the top are seven meters off the floor. >> translator: they reach right up to the ceiling. they're amazing. >> translator: it's wonderful to see something big like this. >> the dolls will be on display until march 9th. >>> people who travel a long way to see natural beauty. mountains, water falls, sunsets. but what about fog? residents of one misty town claim their unusual climate is worth the trip. >> reporter: a chilly winter morning. dawn breaks. a dense fog forms in the mountains sweeps d
was stopped after the 2011 quake. it was resumed in october 2012. heads of hakodate and five other cities submitted the request to the central government. >> i don't think there's any need for the construction to go forward. >> reporter: the mayor also said people are worried about the safety of the plant because it's just across the water. city officials say they're considering filing a lawsuit to demand a stop to the construction. >> thousands of people waiting to go home. tons of debris waiting for disposal. vast tracts of land waiting to be restored. overcoming the challenges of japan's 2011 disaster won't be easy. but step by step people are moving forward. find out how on the road ahead, every wednesday at 1:00 p.m. japan time right here on "newsline." >>> shocking reports have emerged about the voyage of a group of asylum seekers whose boat was rescued off sri lanka. almost 100 people apparently died during the two-month ordeal from starvation and dehydration. the sri lankan navy rescued 31 adult males and one boy on saturday. they were on a sinking boat in waters off the southeast
their remaining strongholds. they have already taken back the major cities in the north. for the people of timbuktu, the french are viewed as heroes. >> today, i can do my job as i want to. if i have a customer, i can touch his beard, to a modern hair cut, i can do as i like. the i am free, and i can also earn more. and i started listening to music again. >> tuesday's meeting marks a first step toward outlining a future course for mali, but delegates realize they face a huge challenge. >> mali has called on the international community to support its efforts. is there a sense everyone is on the same page and pulling together? we put that question to our brussels correspondent. >> there's a very big sense of unity here in brussels where delegates mets from around the world to discuss the malian situation, and the general message from all the various representatives was that a combination of military and political efforts is needed to restore stability in mali. on the military level, the goal is to get african soldiers to take over from the french troops. that has to be accompanied by some
of the city on their daily lives. urban pollution is spreading to the countryside, and it's affecting their health. but some japanese businesspeople have stepped in to help. nhk world has more from hanoi. >> reporter: vietnam's economy is racing ahead. but not everybody is moving forward. hanoi is crowded with motorbikes. across the country, people work with circumstances in the environment. this river running through tepco is dangerous. the environment readings are four times higher than recommended by the government. people living downstream are suffering the consequences. juan and his wife were born and raised in this village. they are farmers who survive by growing rice and other crops. the day is spent walking in the rice paddies. >> translator: the watery fill my paddies with is black. my legs itch from working in the rice fields. water shouldn't be black, but i have no choice but to use that terrible water for farming. >> reporter: there are many such worries about pollution. a new deal originating in japan is gaining public attention. the japan international corporation agency
companies in this region have been trying to switch to making different kinds of product. sabae, a city in western japan, makes 95% of japan's eyewear. but sales have dropped 30% since their peak in the '90s. that's because customers have been buying more eyewear products from chinese companies. their prices are lower. >> translator: in a few years, sabae could become the hub for making medical equipment. i hope that our products will help many doctors around the world. >> reporter: already the firm is gearing up to make those sales. and if competitors get on the bandwagon, a straggling industry may get a fresh start. nhk world, sabae. >>> the japanese government has been struggling to designate final disposal sites for radioactive waste generated by the fukushima radioactive accident. they oppose the idea of contaminated materials on their territory. now government officials said they'll rethink the way they select the storage sites. the environment ministry plans to ask each prefecture to dispose of contaminated mud and ash from incinerators on its territory. it's hoping to build new
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